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Issue #679 October 2012

Feature Articles

Three select articles will be offered in their entirety each month, available to all visitors.

A Fish-Friendly Aquatic Plant Layout
Author: Takashi Amano
PURS T 1012 Adding Color to the Freshwater Aquarium: Seeing Red
Author: Philip Purser
THUR T 1012 Ammonia: The Silent Killer
Author: Kevin Thurston
HELL T 1012 Building and Enjoying a Fishroom, Part 2: Setup and Maintenance
Author: Mike Hellweg
TAYL T 1012 In at the Deep End! The Story of How I Built My Own Public Aquarium in the Philippines
Author: Dylan Taylor
ROBI T 1012 The Axolotl: A Unique Option for the Aquarium (Full Article)
The axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is one of ...
Author: Brian Robinson
LUND T 1012 The Blue Panchax: An Uncommon Aquarium Fish
Author: Ronny Lundkvist
DENA T 1012 The Naso Tang (Full Article)
The naso, or lipstick, tang (Naso lituratus) ...
Author: Mark Denaro
HORO T 1012 Wyland, Combining Art and Conservation (Full Article)
As aquarium hobbyists, we know that beauty is ...
Author: Shari Horowitz


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CICH T 1012 A Little Cichlid Taxonomy Is Good for You
Author: Eric Hanneman
AJ T 1012 Ask Jack
Author: Jack Wattley
TSM T 1012 Five Favorite Invertebrates for Most Any Marine Aquarium
Author: James Fatherree
PT T 1012 Growing Emersed Aquatic Plants, Part 1: Setting Up
Author: Amanda Wenger
IR T 1012 Import Report
Author: Mike Tuccinardi
LWL T 1012 The Shortfin Molly (Poecilia mexicana)
Author: Charles Clapsaddle

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About the Cover

The red rainbowfish (Glossolepis incisus) is just one of several striking examples of vibrant crimson fish that can work well in a community setting. Fish with such brilliant color are often attractive to new hobbyists, but sometimes choosing a fish on color alone-without researching its temperament and requirements beforehand-can prove disastrous. Expert aquarist Phil Purser's new article series addresses fish that are colorful and do well in the typical community tank, kicking off the series this month with a look at some hardy and easy-to-keep red-colored red (p. 72). photograph by Hristo Hristov

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FOM T 0112 Black molly
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Tip of the Month:

Unless you have very soft water, you will eventually have to deal with "lime" buildup. When water evaporates, dissolved minerals are left behind as a white film or crust. A razor blade can remove much of the deposit, but this will scratch plastic badly. An easier and dust-free method for glass, plastic, or any other surface is to use a scrubbing pad dampened with household vinegar. The dilute acid quickly dissolves the minerals, and a thorough rinse removes any remaining vinegar.

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